Rick O'Shea

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Rick O'Shea
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Broadcaster Rick O'Shea, 2019
Paul Crossan

(1973-05-07) 7 May 1973 (age 47)
Alma materUCD
Known forDaytime Radio Show; Books; Cinema
WebsitePersonal weblog

Paul Crossan (born 7 May 1973, also known as Rick O'Shea) is an Irish radio personality. He was born in Drimnagh, Dublin 12, grew up in Crumlin[1], and attended Drimnagh Castle Secondary School and later UCD. He has been a presenter on RTÉ 2fm since 2001.[2][3] O'Shea has also presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2015 and 2016.[4] Since 2017 he has been presenting the morning show on RTÉ Gold. He is currently presenting The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1 since 2019.


Before joining RTÉ 2fm in 2001, he had worked for East Coast Radio,[5] Atlantic 252, South East Radio and FM104.[6] O'Shea presented the weekday afternoon show on 2fm until 2015, when the show was moved to the weekend schedule.[7][8]

He presented The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2015 and 2016.[9]

Since 2017 he has been presenting the morning show on RTÉ Gold.

In recent years he has conducted public interviews at festivals including Listowel Writers Week, Cúirt, Ennis Book Club Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, Bloomsday, Hinterland Festival, Dalkey Book Festival, Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin Book Festival, UCD Festival and more.

He was the literary curator for Waterford's Imagine Arts Festival in 2017 and 2018 and will be the literary curator for the UCD Festival 2020.

Rick has presented the International Dublin Literary Award ceremony, CBI Book Of The Year Awards, RTE Francis McManus Short Story Competition Ceremony and has co-presented the Irish Book Awards on RTE One TV.

Also, he is part of the voting academy for the An Post Irish Book Awards, was a judge for the Bookseller UK and Ireland Young Adult Book Prize in 2015 and the Costa Book Awards in 2018. He was one of the judges of the Dublin Fringe Festival and one of the ambassadors for Irish Book Week in 2019.

Outside the book world Rick presents awards ceremonies, corporate events and launches on a regular basis for clients as varied as Diageo, Samsung, Maximum Media, Alltech, and Microsoft.

O'Shea was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 16.[10] and has been a patron of Epilepsy Ireland, formerly known as Brainwave, the Irish Epilepsy Association, since 2006.[11] He represented the charity in an Irish celebrity version of the quiz show Mastermind in 2012, winning the competition.[12][13]

He runs The Rick O’Shea Book Club – Ireland's largest book club with over 28,000 members and recommends the Eason Must Reads lists 4 times a year with author Sinéad Moriarty. He is currently presenting The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.[14][15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

O'Shea has been nominated for Best Irish Radio DJ at the Meteor Music Awards on three occasions, in 2002,[16] 2008[citation needed] and 2009.[17] O'Shea has also been nominated for three PPI National Radio Awards, winning a bronze award in 2011.[citation needed] In 2009 he was winner of Entertainment.ie's "Sexiest Radio Voice" award[18] and was quoted as saying "This is the first thing I've ever won in 16 years of being a broadcaster. I am thus very excited and hideously embarrassed at the same time. Thanks."[This quote needs a citation]


  1. ^ Saturday; November 02; Pm, 2019-02:40 (2 November 2019). "Booked and busy: Here's what's next for Rick O'Shea". www.irishexaminer.com. Retrieved 13 June 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Una Mullally (17 January 2013). "PopLives #29: Rick O'Shea". Irish Times.
  3. ^ Jonathan deBurca Butler (22 January 2015). "Rick O'Shea gets well-versed in poetry for new programme". Irish Examiner.
  4. ^ Rosita Boland (22 January 2015). "Rick O'Shea: an unversed choice for RTÉ's new poetry show". Irish Times.
  5. ^ "PAPER PROPHET Rick O'Shea". Irish Independent. 20 August 2006.
  6. ^ Melanie Finn (4 February 2009). "We're still friends says 2fm's Rick as he splits from wife". Herald.ie.
  7. ^ "Rick O'Shea's 2FM radio show is moving to the weekend". TheJournal.ie. 28 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Rick O'Shea moves to 2fm weekends with Cormac Battle". Hot Press. 28 August 2015.
  9. ^ Aoife Kelly (12 January 2015). "2FM DJ Rick O'Shea to present new Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1". Irish Independent.
  10. ^ "DJ Rick O'Shea reveals his battle with epilepsy and says he won't be beaten by it". Irish Independent. 3 July 2012.
  11. ^ Hilary Fennell (10 August 2014). "This much I know: Rick O'Shea". Irish Examiner.
  12. ^ "O'Shea wins Celebrity Mastermind". Breakingnews.ie. 23 July 2012.
  13. ^ "How would you do in the Mastermind chair? Take the test". The Daily Edge. 23 July 2012.
  14. ^ "The Rick O'Shea Book Club".
  15. ^ "Facebook Group - The Rick O'Shea Book Club".
  16. ^ "2FM DJs up for Meteor Awards". RTÉ. 1 March 2002.
  17. ^ "Meteor Music Awards nominees revealed". RTÉ. 29 January 2009.
  18. ^ https://entertainment.ie/trending/entertainmentie-annual-awards-2009-the-winners-375049/

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